About Trish Bongard Godfrey
I am a native Torontonian. I have been a real estate professional since January 2010 and a consistent award winner since joining Chestnut Park in 2016. I am energetic and enthusiastic, and I love my work. My long and varied work history led me to this career.
Serving people in real estate meets my natural desire to advocate and help individuals and families achieve their goals. I have an extensive background in client care and stewardship, as well as sales and negotiations. In the past, I have coordinated several home renovation projects and studied architectural technology. I am curious and passionate about getting the best results for all my clients. I chose Chestnut Park for its well-known luxury brand recognition and Christies' International affiliation, the calibre of my colleagues, the excellent legal team, front- and back-office, and marketing support. Chestnut Park is well-known for its detailed real estate market knowledge and reports.
Before real estate, my professional career and experience spanned several areas – first, in sales and marketing financial products. After working for two other securities brokerages, Merrill Lynch Canada selected me to study in their international sales training program in New York in the 80s. Merrill Lynch required that I be licenced to trade financial securities in the US (SEC) and Canada (OSC), and I worked as a Financial Consultant in Toronto for several years. I also worked in communications roles with financial service companies, including Templeton Mutual Funds, being responsible for their international shareholders' Annual General Meeting. Later I translated that experience into a successful management and consulting career in the not-for-profit sector and created several Cases for Support to advocate for people, causes, and charities.
My management roles included Second Harvest as executive director, World University Services of Canada (WUSC) and The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons as Director of Development (and was Acting Manager of Communications at WUSC). I planned and executed numerous successful fundraising campaigns, including the annual United Way for the UofT and The Canadian Institute for International Affairs capital campaign. In politics, I led several political election fundraising campaigns. I also directed a critically important 2.5-year national corporate leadership campaign for the Council for Canadian Unity on behalf of the federalist efforts in the 1995 Quebec referendum. I won contracts and delivered feasibility studies for three Ontario post-secondary institutions, including RMC, Carleton University and UofT. During a three-year break from this sector, I managed investor relations for two publicly-traded junior exploration companies.
I credit my customer service attitude and skills to my parents (for providing only a small weekly allowance) and early working days earning my way as an inventory clerk, dishwasher, professional ski patroller, ski lift operator, tree planter, sailing instructor, yacht delivery crew and luxury yacht crew/hostess, especially for too numerous food and beverage and retail clothing sales jobs.
In sports, I competed three times internationally in the Albacore dinghy class. I am an avid open-water swimmer and still like to ski. I am married to my best friend and life partner, John Godfrey. John's varied career – including as a politician and Federal Cabinet Minister through five elections over 15 years – has added a rich dimension to my life. We are the very proud parents of Ian.